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Real Madrid 2-1 Villarreal: Player ratings as Los Blancos fail to retain La Liga title

Real Madrid produced a stirring comeback to beat Villarreal 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, but had to watch rivals Atletico Madrid claim their La Liga crown, following los Rojiblancos’ victory over Real Valladolid.

Los Blancos’ plans to shift Atleti from the summit took a hit on 20 minutes, when Villarreal pulled the Madrid backline apart, and Yeremi Pino was on hand to tap home past a scrambling Thibaut Courtois.

Villarreal now take the lead against Real Madrid! ?

Atlético Madrid and Real Madrid are both losing after 20 minutes on the last day on the LaLiga season!

Incredible drama. ? #LaLiga

— Premier Sports ? (@PremierSportsTV) May 22, 2021

Zinedine Zidane’s men were rocked by this, and had to endure several waves of pressure from their visitors.

Madrid started the second half brightly, and drew level on 55 minutes, when Karim Benzema headed home Casemiro’s delicately floated cross. VAR was called into action however, and after a lengthy delay, the Frenchman was deemed to be offside, leaving Zidane exasperated on the touchline.

Los Merengues turned the game on its head in the final 10 minutes however, with Benzema and Modric both finding the net superbly to give them some hope of the most unthinkable of title swings.

But in the end, it wasn’t enough, and they had to accept defeat in their title defence at the hands of bitter rivals Atleti.

Let’s have a look at the player ratings.

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Eder Militao
A bad start | Quality Sport Images/Getty Images
Heads up | JAVIER SORIANO/Getty Images

3. Forwards

Karim Benzema
Keep an eye out | Denis Doyle/Getty Images

? 56′ | 0-1 | @realmadriden substitutions:@RodrygoGoes ↔️ @vinijr @isco_alarcon ↔️ @marcoasensio10 #HankookTire

— Real Madrid C.F. ???? (@realmadriden) May 22, 2021

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